One thing I’ve struggled with since shedding a lot of our stuff is letting myself buy things.
I get anxious when I realize clothes need replacing or that I want to get a few things to personalize our apartment and make it feel like home.
I worry I will buy the wrong thing.
I worry I will waste money.
I worry it will break or not work or be in a donation bin in a year.
When you’ve seen thousands of dollars worth of stuff leave your home, stuff you never used or really liked, you start to look at what you buy much more closely.
Sometimes you look too closely.
I actually have to relax my grip on not-shopping now. It’s a strange turn of events from my online shopping days and the constant arrival of packages in the mail.
I’ve been missing fruit smoothies since we moved here a year ago. I have nothing to blend or whip with in our rental kitchen so I’ve been using a small whisk for whipping cream. I even attempted homemade mayonnaise by whisk but a forearm cramp lead me to abandon the endeavor.
So I bought a blender the other week. I bought it here on the island and when I asked about their price match policy they didn’t have one so they offered me 10% off. I didn’t bother looking at dozens of places online for the best deal. I read a handful of reviews, compared features and saw that this one met my needs and had a five year warranty.
I spent more on this blender than I would have in the past. This thing crushes ice and will whip cream and could probably blend batter if I needed it to. It’s done a great job with my almost daily smoothies of frozen fruit, banana and yogurt. Even if we end up only getting a few years use out of it ourselves before moving back to Canada we can pass it on to someone else over here that will put more miles on it. It won’t be in a landfill.
That’s one of the things I try and take comfort in when I buy things now. Even if I don’t get the full life out of something, someone else will.
When I buy things now I try and focus on just having things that we like, that we use and that will last.
Someday I might not like them anymore but if they are well made someone else will.
Someday we might not use them as much but if I keep them in good shape someone else will.
Has anyone else had to relax their grip on not-buying after letting go of a lot of stuff?